10 Most Commonly Asked Questions during an Aviation Job Interview

Common Aviation Job Interview Questions

Aviation is one of the most vital industries for the United Arab Emirates. As per a news item shared on the Khaleej Times, the aviation sector is expected to contribute 16% to the gross domestic product by the year 2025. The same news item also shared that as per the aviation experts, the sector’s contribution to the UAE’s economy is expected to reach approximately Dh200 billion by 2020.

The growth of this sector is also a testament to the nation’s ability to exercise and implement its plans for the diversification of the economy. The aviation sector’s growth also led to a positive impact on its employment scenario. Indeed, aviation jobs in the UAE are in high demand among the nationals as well as expats.

With an increased interest among job seekers, naturally, the completion has also increased. So, if you too are looking for an aviation job in one of the cities of the UAE such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, etc., it is important to stand out during the job interview.


Common Questions Asked in an Aviation Job Interview

To help you prepare well, we have put together a list of 10 most common questions asked in an aviation job interview. Have a look:


What motivated you to join the aviation industry?

When an interviewer asks this question s/he wants to understand whether you will stick around for long or not. Although it might seem that the employer wants to know what you will get out of the job, but it is far from the truth. In reality, s/he wants to determine if your attitude, expectations, and ambitions match with the company. So, make sure to state reasons that will attract the interviewer as well.


Why do you want to be an air-hostess/pilot (any other job role)?

You wouldn’t make it to the interview stage if you lack the passion for the job. So, before you go for the interview, make a list of all the reasons that compelled you to become a pilot/air-hostess. The list can be long, but while answering focus only on three to four most relevant reasons and explain them by giving examples.


What do you know about our airline?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions in an aviation job interview. Through this question, the interviewer wants to understand how serious you are about joining their company and the time you invest into researching about their airline is a direct testament. Your answer will show them that you are engaged in the process and are particularly interested in joining their airline.


Why do you want to change your job?

The main purpose of asking this interview question is mainly to understand whether you’ve put enough consideration into taking such a crucial decision. Therefore, it is advisable to have a well-thought and authentic response ready. Including pointers such as looking for a new challenge in your career, or seeking professional growth will make your answer sound honest and relatable.


What will your first 60 days at this job look like?

The aviation industry is prone to adapting to various technological and process-related changes. Hence, through this interview question, the interviewer wants to understand how fast you will be able to complete the onboarding process as well as what types of goals and standards you hold for yourself. To prepare an answer to this question, you can do a quick Google search for similar roles and titles and understand the job responsibilities they come with.


What can you bring to our company?

This common aviation job interview question poses the perfect opportunity for you to share what you can offer to the company that other candidates can’t. That’s one thing employers are interested in knowing to make an informed decision while choosing candidates. Your answer should emphasize on facts that make you an ideal candidate for the job. For that, you need to first figure out skills and qualities the employer is looking for in addition to qualifications and experience. Once you have figured out this, pick two-three key skills and qualities you can bring to the job which fit the role’s requirements as well.


Are you comfortable working with a diverse set of people?

Getting a job in the aviation industry, especially in the UAE, implies that you will be working in a team that will constitute people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Aviation companies ask this question to understand whether you will fit well with the work culture or not. The best way of answering this question would be by sharing specific experiences you have had serving clients or working and interacting with team members from diverse backgrounds.


Are you willing to relocate?

If you are eager or have made the decision to join the aviation industry, be ready to determine where you will be willing to move to as some positions may require you to relocate. If you have a family, then it is important to discuss and narrow down the list of places that will be ideal for the entire family. Ensure not to apply for jobs that may require you and your family to move to a location that won’t be ideal for everyone concerned.


Have you applied elsewhere?

There are two major reasons for asking this particular interview question. First, the interviewer wants to understand how serious you are as a job seeker. And second, s/he wants to know whether or not there are other employers who are interested in you. What you can do here is to simply say that you have applied and have received a positive response from some other companies without mentioning names. However, do not forget to add that it is this job that really interests you and then go on to explain how it is a good fit for you.


Do you have any questions for us?

When an interviewer asks this question s/he is trying to gauge whether or not you’re informed about the job requirements, interested in the role, and engaged in the hiring process. Your first step should be to ask anything about the position that hasn’t been covered in the interview. However, ensure to not ask questions to which you will know the answers to just by looking at the job description. And most importantly, do not start discussing the salary. That discussion should be taken up only when you are told that you are selected for the job.


As mentioned earlier, preparing well is the key to succeeding in an aviation job interview. Questions such as the one shared above may seem easy, but preparing in advance will only help you answer more confidently during the job interview.


All the best!


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About Megha Raizada

Megha Raizada is a professional writer with a keen interest in the global job market. She loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. When not writing or browsing the Internet, you will find her creating furniture out of used tires.

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